Last Night at the Summer Proms, flag-waving and all the Land of Hope and Glory jingoism, but as part of a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 (this week, actually, on July 28), also the 75th anniversary of the start of WW2 which has rather got lost in First World War-preoccupation, so it may be case of Keep the Home Fires Burning because We’ll Meet Again! Mark Langley comperes the evening, having no doubt had a hand in devising it, which features soprano Anne Clare Monk, tenor John Hudson and the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £26, £28. 0845 12 72190 Booking and details here
Roman Rudnytsky, prominent New York-born pianist of Ukrainian origin who has performed in nearly 100 countries plays his own solo piano transcription of Grieg’s Piano Concerto after warming up with Chopin’s posthumous C sharp minor nocturne and Debussy’s Pour le piano. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, August 15, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome. Cathedral website
Jill Crossland, piano, gives a Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, August 22, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Sorcerer, John Wellington Wells rises again in two performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s first full-length stage work (leaving aside long-lost Thespis) in a staging from the talented members of Oxbridge Opera Company. Buxton Opera House, Friday, August 8; Saturday, August 9, 7.30pm – £20, £23, concessions available. 0845 12 72190 BOH website
La Traviata, seemingly well thought about new production of Verdi’s opera by Tom Cairns relayed live from the Glyndebourne Festival with Sir Mark Elder conducting. Showroom, Paternoster Row, Sunday, August 10, 5.30pm – £14. Showroom website
The Mikado, three performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s outright biggest success in Opera della Luna’s zany take (it’s hilarious!) on it with Ian Belsey in the title role, Louise Crane as his bloodthirsty daughter Katisha and Richard Gauntlett as the Lord High Executioner himself, Ko-Ko. Buxton Opera House, Thursday to Saturday, August 14 to 16, 7.30pm – £24, £26, concessions available.
A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan, selections from the all the Gilbert and Sullivan operas interspersed with short scenes of dialogue and D’Oyly Carte Opera Company anecdotes at a concert performed by soprano Victoria Joyce, mezzo-soprano Louise Crane, tenor Nicholas (Nick) Sales, baritone Jeremy Peaker and bass Richard Woodall with the British Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Fraser Goulding, last music director of the original D’Oyly Carte Opera which folded in 1982. Buxton Opera House, Sunday, August 17, 7.30pm – £24, £26, no concessions
La Bohème, promenade performances of Puccini’s opera from Opera on Location, sung in English with piano accompaniment, with Andrea Tweedale (Mimi), Gareth Lloyd (Rodolfo) and Chloe Saywell (Musetta) among the cast. Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Wednesday to Saturday, August 20 to 23; Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26 and 27; Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30, 7.30pm – £20, £18 concessions. http://sivtickets.com/event/labohemegravesgallery
The Pirates of Penzance, two performances the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan work around in recent years in an Andrew Nicklin-conducted and staged production for Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Company with Michael Tipler as the Pirate King. Buxton Opera House, Thursday, August 21; Friday, August 22, 7.30pm – £16, £18, concessions available.
The Yeomen of the Guard, the nearest Gilbert and Sullivan got to writing a serious opera, although with a highly unlikely story-line is second offering from Derby G&S and a work the company has made something of a speciality. Andrew Nicklin is again the director and conductor for a single performance at Buxton Opera House, Saturday, August 23, 7.30pm – £16, £18, concessions available.
Aspects of Love, well Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1989 musical, the one with Love Changes Everything in it, has been described as a modern opera, probably because it is through-composed, and Jean Gemmell’s Derby-based Present Company stage it here. Buxton Opera House, Thursday to Saturday, August 28 to 30, 7.30pm; plus Saturday, 2.30pm – £14, £16, £18 (evenings); £12.50, £14.50, £16.50 (matinee), concessions available.
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see their Classical Sheffield pages.